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Mossy Key

Title: Mossy Key: A Collection of Short Stories.
Name(s): Fleming, Amanda L., author
Stuckey-French, Elizabeth, professor directing thesis
Winegardner, Mark, committee member
Burroway, Janet, committee member
Department of English, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2002
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This collection of seven short stories is in fulfillment of the Florida State University MA thesis requirement. Each of the stories, set during the off-season in the fictional gulf coast town of Mossy Key, can stand on their own. Jointly, the stories hinge on life in a small, self-supported fishing village. Each story, told by different residents of the town, addresses the town's concern to expand while also preserving its roots. The stories are arranged sequentially beginning with Labor Day and running through Spring Break. The stories render a world where land development for the sake of commerce does not necessarily facilitate the expansion of the resident's wallets. The stories center around the verge of a full-blown tourist economy, but this theme is not the major driving force behind each story. Each centers on emotional ambivalence: anguish over unrequited love, grief created by unstable family situations, breaking the habit of believing one's own lies, and accepting the bittersweet taste of loss. "Meeting Jim Cantore" and "Potted Plants" illustrates two women's unrealistic yet desperate grasp of woman/man love relationships should be. "Sweet Loretta" and "Washed Ashore" both address the trappings of mother/daughter-type relationships, expressively the balance between loving and controlling. "Concrete Chickens" explores the break-up of a couple and the unrelenting man who cannot take it like a man.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-4439 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of English in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2002.
Date of Defense: December 13, 2002.
Keywords: Short Stories, Moss Key
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Elizabeth Stuckey-French, Professor Directing Thesis; Mark Winegardner, Committee Member; Janet Burroway, Committee Member.
Subject(s): English literature
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Owner Institution: FSU

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